Steve Birrell, originally from Montreal spent some of his formative years in Toronto at the accounting firm Deloitte Touche prior to moving to Nunavut in 1978. A father of two step sons and two adopted daughters, the youngest of whom has just become a teenager, Steve spent five years in Cape Dorset, two in Rankin Inlet and now twenty-four years in Iqaluit. This experience has given Steve a broad exposure to Nunavut’s regional issues as well as an in depth prospective from the capital city of Iqaluit (formerly Frobisher Bay).
These issues are rural in nature, isolated and remote in reality and have only been seriously and successfully addressed by the Conservative Party of Canada. Dating back to Prime Minister Diefenbaker, and with every Conservative Prime Minister since, only the Conservatives have shown an interest and a passion for Canada’s Arctic and its people.
A long time conservative dating back to being a volunteer on Barbara MacDougall’s election campaign, Steve has been active in every election campaign in Nunavut since 1988. After many years of trying, we have been blessed with the election and re-election of a dynamic, personable, effective and committed Member of Parliament, Minster Leona Aglukkaq.
Apart from grassroots campaigning and fund raising, Steve has had a successful career running a number of small businesses based in Iqaluit; has served the last ten years as Chairman of the Iqaluit Housing Authority (public housing); is currently serving as Vice President of the Baffin Regional Chamber of Commerce, a Board member of the community futures organization Baffin Business Development Corporation; and Chairman of the B.P.O. Elks Lodge Charity Fund.